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from bbell: Get Me to the Church On Time

Lots of parents and as a consequence some PH leaders are frustrated by families arriving late for church. My family has its own issues but one of them is not being late for church. Our Church starts at 8:30 and we have 5 boys ranging from 9 to 11 months. Here is our strategy. Read more »

The Big Move Part 4 – Ward Shopping

One thing that is important to us as we have moved is the need for a “good” ward. I am not sure what that means exactly, but there were a few criteria that were important to us? Large Primary, Strong Youth Program, Minimal Students, etc. There are two wards in our new area. We have attended both as we are looking for homes in both areas. We have finally settled on the ward which covers the boundaries of our rental house. The ward meets most of our criteria, but I think what really closed the deal was our first week attending the new ward.

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I’m Jealous

I can’t tell you how many times it has happened. It happens to me. It happens to almost all of us, I would guess. I just often don’t know about Church activities or issues that pertain to me. Read more »

Brushes with Mormon Celebrity

Here are mine:

1–When I was young, the Osmonds came to my city on tour and asked for a chorus of Primary kids to come on stage and sing back-up on a song or two. My sister was in that chorus (I was too young) but I went backstage and met the Osmonds. Read more »

ScriptureLog for WordPress


J. Max Wilson and I are announcing a new plugin for WordPress.

It is called ScriptureLog.

You can also read about the project here.

The Big Move Part 3 – My Loneliest Day At Church

This is the third post (part one and part two) about my recent move after 14 years in the Boston area. You are probably thinking that my loneliest day at Church was my family’s first week in the new ward. Actually our loneliest week was the last Sunday in our old ward – the ward we were in for 14 years. Here is the story:

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from bbell: Catering to the One and the Joys of Having a Small Portion of the Vineyard

Mormon Mentality is pleased to present a Guest Post by bbell. He introduces himself as:

I am the father of 5 boys under 9 and am a small business man. I have been active in the bloggernaccle since 2004.

Please welcome him and enjoy his post!

For many years I have been involved in the YM’s program both at the stake and ward level. The biggest lesson I have learned is that each individual YM is unique and the needs of each YM must be considered in running YM’s programs. Read more »

Lighting Up

In the Adult Session of Stake Conference (sounds dirty, no?) this weekend, we heard from several recently reactivated (hate that term–makes it sound like they were robots sitting dormant until someone came and flipped their power switch on for them) members of our stake. Each of these stories, incidentally, featured committed home teachers and each of the members speaking happened to be men.

I noticed a different connection, though. All of the men mentioned that part of their return to Church included mastering their Word of Wisdom issues and all of them had smoked. Read more »


I haven’t been to the temple since January 2008. Bill and I quarreled because he wanted to eat dinner with his pals at Golden Corral and I’d been looking forward to a date night and dinner at Olive Garden. It wasn’t very fun, let me tell you. The beginning of a bad year for our marriage. I never lost my recommend, I didn’t use it. I was angry—at my husband, the church, and the world. Read more »

The Tragedy of Bad Ads

A few years ago, fellow perma-blogger Dan Ellsworth and I decided to boycott McDonalds for a year because of one of their “I’m lovin’ it” ads that was as ubiquitous as it was annoying. We planned to reconvene after a year to discuss lifting the boycott, but a couple of weeks before the year mark, they ran the same obnoxious ad again on TV! Unbelievable. We decided McDonalds apparently hadn’t learned its lesson, so we extended the boycott for another year. This time they must have gotten the message. After the second year, the ads were gone, so we lifted the boycott. Read more »


On a recent thread at By Common Consent, a participant made the following comment :

…the desire to propagate your own genetics is undeniable. Perhaps only those who are faced with the impossibility of doing so can understand it.

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The Big Move – Part 2 “The Temporary Rental”

In Part 1, we made the decision to move. Once we knew we were moving, we had a month to find a rental property that was furnished. We looked at some nasty spots and went into one house and said yes and signed a lease on the spot. It looked nice enough – everything had been redone (or so we thought). We have been in the place for a month and here is a short list of things that have broken – it is a bit of a money pit (at least for the landlords):

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It’s a 9/12 Project Miracle!

I was shocked a little over two weeks ago to find that the 9/12 Project (Glenn Beck’s way of using the emotions of 9/11 to fight political battles that have nothing to do with it) was hijacking a religious holiday in order to “fast and pray for our country”.

Less than two weeks after this fast, something amazing, wonderful, and in fact miraculous has happened to our country.  The President of the United States of America was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Now the very people that prayed for a miracle are upset over this.  The moral of the story?  Perhaps it is to be careful what you pray for because the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Double Standard, just deal with it

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Waiting on the Lord

I’ve been trying to turn over a new leaf—I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper in 7 days!! I’m reading the scriptures daily and forcing myself to read every word in the Ensign. I used to do all those things, but fell off the wagon a few years ago. One thing I’ve become lax about is movies. I never watched R rated movies, then I allowed myself a few and they were actually pretty good movies. So I just order (I’m the Netflix queen) whatever sounds good to me. It’s a gamble. I’ve seen people having sex right on the screen, in all kinds of positions. And this isn’t porn! It’s major movie stars just naked as jaybirds and I find it hard to believe there’s not some real sex going on with what I’ve seen, although how in the world a person could get aroused with cameras all over them and knowing perfect strangers are going to watch is beyond me. Well, and you know, people have sex at the most ridiculous times, like just before they get eaten by aliens or attacked by Nazis. I can’t imagine being on the verge of horrific death and looking at my husband and saying, “I’m so turned on right now.” Read more »

Letter I know very well Where to Send, but Won’t

Dear Mormon Neighbors,

I just want to thank you for not welcoming me to the neighborhood. Sincerely. Read more »

Jeffrey Holland Rocks the House

I had my grandchildren Saturday and Sunday and I was running my legs off, cooking and chasing after kids, so I didn’t have time to post anything about conference. We cleaned up the basement Saturday afternoon—those kids have more toys at my house than at their own—and Max cooked Shepherd’s Pie for dinner. Read more »


Since General Conference does not start until 12 p.m. here on the East Coast, I have taken to using the Sunday morning to visit other churches. Previously, I have visited the Quakers and the local Community of Christ congregation. This week I went to a local church we often pass whose marquee has had me wondering for years…the Church that Rocks. Read more »

General Priesthood Meeting – liveblogging

President Thomas S. Monson:

— watching TV, many of the tragedies reported all trace back to the same root cause: anger — father’s abuse of child — gang violence — shooting of a woman by her estranged husband — coverage of wars and conflicts throughout the world — “Cease from anger and forsake wrath”

— story of counseling a couple whose marriage was stressed by a tragedy in their past: heated argument while traveling together resulted in father throwing a toy and hitting his 18-month-old son, causing irreversible brain damage

— anger doesn’t solve anything, but it can destroy everything — story of Heber J. Grant:  “a man is a fool who takes an insult that isn’t intended” — “Can a man be angry and not sin? Let not the sun go down on your wrath.” — is it possible to feel the spirit of God when we are angry? — “There shall be no disputations among you, for he that has the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil . . . this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men one against the other” Read more »

Jesus is Alive and Well in the Middle East

Here in southern Utah, where I live, there is a general consensus that one reason for the Iraq war—reason isn’t the right word—but it’s widely discussed and accepted that our national guard unit will bring Mormonism to the people of the middle east. And truly, there have been a few converts. It makes sense to me that this might be one way God is spreading the gospel to all the world. I don’t like it, but I don’t like a lot of God’s best ideas. Read more »

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